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Taking an online quiz

From: Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Students

Video: Taking an online quiz

Now, let's have a look at how to take a quiz online inside of Moodle. In our Coral Reef Ecology class during the last week of the term, we have a final exam that we need to take. So I'll go ahead and click on the link for Final Exam and it will take me into the page where the quiz is located. Here, we are given a little bit of instructions and these instructions are pretty simple. This is the final exam. We are told how much time that we have to take the exam. This quiz currently has a one-hour time limit set on it, and the grading method is going to be the highest grade. There is one button. All I have to do is click this to begin attempting the quiz.

Taking an online quiz

Now, let's have a look at how to take a quiz online inside of Moodle. In our Coral Reef Ecology class during the last week of the term, we have a final exam that we need to take. So I'll go ahead and click on the link for Final Exam and it will take me into the page where the quiz is located. Here, we are given a little bit of instructions and these instructions are pretty simple. This is the final exam. We are told how much time that we have to take the exam. This quiz currently has a one-hour time limit set on it, and the grading method is going to be the highest grade. There is one button. All I have to do is click this to begin attempting the quiz.

I am given a confirmation reminding me that I do have a time limit set on this quiz and as soon as I click Start Attempt, the time is going to start counting. So click the button for Start Attempt and I am taken directly into the quiz. Now, when you get into the quiz, let's look over here on the left-hand side. Here is the quiz navigation. Here we can see each page of the quiz and in this quiz there's only one question per quiz, although some may be laid out where there are multiple questions per page. There is a link to Finish attempt. So when we are finished taking our exam, there's a link that we can click on that will take us to the final closing out screen.

Here is a countdown timer that tells us how much time we have left to take the exam. Then within each question we are given the number of the question, we are told whether or not we've answered the question, how many points the question is worth, and there is a little flag icon. If you click the flag icon, you can use this to flag questions that you may want to go back to later on. Once we click the icon if you look over here in the quiz navigation in the upper right corner of the number 1, you can see there's a small red tick mark up there. That indicates that this question has been flagged.

Now, I can navigate around inside of my questions by simply clicking on the question here in the navigation. It will jump me directly to that question. Now let's look at how to answer the questions. The first question is a simple matching question, but it's different from many of the matching questions that you may have seen in a paper-based test where you have two columns of names and you need to simply match the name from one side to the other. Well here, we can have pictures. So this coral here I believe is Montastrea cavernosa. So I will go ahead and click the drop- down menu and there is that one right there.

I can scroll down to the next one. I remember this question from the lecture. This looks like a montastrea annularis. So I will see if I can find that in the listing. Yup! It's right there. All right! So I will select that and I will scroll down a little bit more. Now I remember this coral here I believe it's a Porites, but I can't remember which one. So I'll click the drop-down menu and I recognize the name Porietes Porietes. So I will go ahead and select that. I am not sure if that's the correct answer though. So we'll go ahead and we'll go to the next question by clicking the Next button and now we are presented with another coral where we have to identify its name.

And I seem to remember the name of this one because it's got this labyrinth looking pattern inside of the coral tissue. So I'm pretty sure that's Diploria labyrinthiformis. When I scroll down, it's a multiple choice question and I can listen to all the different responses. So I am going to go ahead and click on the first one, Acropora palmata. Now, I don't think that's right. So I will click on the next one. Aplysina Fistularis. That doesn't seem right either. Diploria labyrinthiformis. That's the one. So I'll go ahead and click the radio button for C and I will go ahead and go to the next question.

Now, the next question is asking me to type in the name of this organism and I am pretty sure this is the green moray eel. So I can scroll down a little bit. It looks like a video here. I will go ahead and click on the video. Nice! So I can watch the video of this organism. I can see it moving around. So this is a great way to have a multimedia question. I can not only have images, I can have audio. I can also have video in here. So I will go ahead and type in Green Moray and we will go to the next question. Now, I am given a True/False question.

Hermatypic Corals and Zooxanthellae have a symbiotic relationship. Now, earlier in this course I showed you the hyperlinking that was available throughout the text, and the terms Zooxanthellae and Hermatypic coral were both linked. But when I move my mouse over top of each of those terms I will notice that they're no longer linked. The auto linking does not work inside of quizzes. So they may have been cross-linked to help throughout other portions of your Moodle course, but you won't find that inside of your quizzes. So I'll go ahead and select True for this answer. Go to the next question.

This question says the animal depicted here is an Aplisina fistularis. Well, I don't think that's right. I think it's a different sponge. So I will go ahead and scroll down and I am going to say False for that one. Then we'll go ahead and hit the Next button. Now, I've got what looks like an essay question. It's asking me to discuss one of the two features, either this barrier reef here in Belize or the Turneffe Atoll. Now this is another great example because here I've got a clickable map directly from Google that I can navigate around. I can click in the Map View to get some alternate views.

I can go back to the Satellite View. When I scroll down, I have the field where I can go ahead and type in my final essay answer. So I'll just click it and I'll say, "The barrier reef of Belize was formed as a fringing reef that grew out from shore." Now, one of the nice things about the HTML editor that you have available to you when you're writing your essay questions is that there is a spellchecker that may be available to you.

So I can go ahead and even choose which language that I want to spell-check my essay in. I am going to go ahead and leave it set to English and I will hit the Spell-check button and it looks like I did not capitalize the Belize. So I'll go ahead and click on Belize, and when I scroll up a little bit I can see there's my suggestion. The capitalization. I can scroll down to the end and hit the Next button. Once I'm finished answering all of the questions, I am given a review of all of my answers. So I can see in this case I had six questions and I did answer all six of them.

I did flag one of the questions. If I want to go back and review that question, I can go ahead and click on it right here, and it will jump me right back to that page where I flagged the question that I wasn't sure of. Now I can use my quiz navigation to jump around to any other question if I want, or I can simply click the Finish attempt. So I will go ahead and click Finish attempt and it takes me back to my summary page one more time. I'll go ahead and click the Submit all and finish button at the bottom and it gives me one more confirmation verifying that I do want to submit. So I'll go ahead and click that.

Now one thing to keep in mind when you're taking an exam and that is if the time limit runs out, your countdown timer is going to stop, but inside of your browser you may still be looking at the quiz, but you won't be able to completely finalize it. So you want to make sure that you get that finalized quiz taken care of before the time runs out. Once you complete your exam, then many times you will be able to get an immediate review of all of the questions. In the quiz navigation here what we can see are six questions, we get immediate feedback.

We know which questions that we flagged. We know which ones that we got partially right, those that have the yellow markers on them. We know which questions that we got completely right. That would be the ones with the green and which ones that we got completely wrong. Now there is one more question here, question 6, that doesn't have any color in it and that's because it still requires grading. Moodle will not automatically grade an essay question. Your instructor is going to have to go in and grade that question and then your final grade will be there. But if you want to calculate your grade in the meantime, you can simply click on each of the different questions and right here attached to the question it tells you how many points you got.

So in this case I got 6.67 points out of 10. If I scroll down and look, now I see I got the wrong answer. So it must have been the other Porites for this coral. I can scroll up. I can then again go to another question. Here, I will go to number 5 and it looks like Aplisina fistularis. It looks like that was the correct name of that coral. Okay, I've gone ahead. I've reviewed my different questions. I'm happy with everything. There's no way I could change any answers, because I'm just doing a review right now. So let me go ahead and click the Finish review link and that will take me into the final summary.

It tells me my attempt that I've made. It tells me when I'd made the attempt. If I did not have an essay question, that I could probably see my final grade right here. If this was a practice exam, then you would have this re-attempt quiz. Now sometimes an instructor may put up an exam or a quiz that is a practice test for you to take and you can take that over and over and over, but you won't know that unless your instructor gives you instructions to let you know that that's the case. Okay. I am going to go ahead and return back to my course now.

I am going to click on the Biology432 link up here in the breadcrumbs and it will take me right back. Inside of Moodle, your quizzes can be very interactive. They can include images, audio, video, text, a variety of different media including maps off of the Internet. So be sure to take your time and keep an eye on the time that you have left in your exam.

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